One woman is injured. Suspect is in this week's Taft's Most Wanted.
One of Taft's Most Wanted is in custody and a woman is on her way to the hospital after a parolee trying to evade police in a stolen vehicle crashed at high speeds in Ford City.
Joshua Watson, 32, who was wanted for violating parole, now faces additional charges of felony evading police and felony hit-and-run after the collision.
Watson is featured in this week's Taft's Most Wanted in the Friday Midway Driller.
It all started a few minutes before 1 p.m. when Taft Police Lt .Ed Whiting got behind a red Dodge Durango on Highway 119 at Gardner Field Road. Knowing officers had taken a stolen vehicle report earlier today on a red Durango, he had the plate checked.?When it came back stolen, Whiting, driving an unmarked vehicle, asked for a marked patrol car to make the traffic stop.?The suspect vehicle had turned west on Ash Street from the highway, Whiting said.?Before the marked unit could turn its lights on, the suspect vehicle turned north of Monroe Street and accelerated rapidly.
When it reached Cedar, Whiting said, it was traveling an estimated 55 to 60 miles per hour. The suspect vehicle went airborne and collided with a Jeep Cherokee going eastbound on Cedar, Whiting said.
The impact spun both vehicles around, with the Jeep ending up south of the intersection and the suspect vehicle going out of control into two fences.?The suspect got out of the vehicle and tried to evade officers.
But more Taft Police, Kern County Sheriff's deputies and two probation officers converged on the scene.
Watson was found hiding under a house trailer in the rear of a yard on the 300 block of Monroe Street.
He was arrested without incident.
He declined medical treatment.
?The woman driving the jeep suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Hall Ambulance to Kern Medical Center.